IN RE: Lincoln Spencer Apartments

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Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department, New York.

IN RE: Lincoln Spencer Apartments, Inc., Petitioner–Respondent, v. Zeckendorf–68th Street Associates, Respondent, The Copley Condominium and Club, etc., Respondent–Appellant.

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Decided: October 25, 2011

Mazzarelli, J.P., Friedman, Catterson, Renwick, Richter, JJ. Cyruli Shanks Hart & Zizmor LLP, New York (James E. Schwartz of counsel), for appellant. Dean Lakis, Roslyn Heights, for respondent.

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Order and judgment (one paper), Supreme Court, New York County (Barbara Jaffe, J.), entered June 6, 2011, which, inter alia, granted the petition for a conditional and temporary license to access the roof of respondent The Copley Condominium and Club (Copley), unanimously reversed, on the law, with costs, the petition denied, and the proceeding brought pursuant to Real Property Actions and Proceedings Law § 881 dismissed.

RPAPL 881 is the means by which a landowner seeking “to make improvements or repairs” to its property may seek a license to enter an adjoining landowner's property when those “improvements or repairs cannot be made” without such entry.   Here, the court erred by granting petitioner a license to access Copley's roof because petitioner failed to “state the facts making such entry necessary,” as the statute requires (id.).   The petition, and the affidavit of a “senior associate” submitted for the first time in petitioner's reply papers, conclusorily state that access to Copley's roof was necessary.   Petitioner has failed to put forward any explanation as to why the work could not otherwise be performed or indeed, any facts whatsoever (see Matter of 155 W. 21st St., LLC v McMullan, 61 AD3d 497, 504–505 [2009];  see also Amalgamated Dwellings v Hillman Hous. Corp., 299 A.D.2d 199, 200 [2002] ).

THIS CONSTITUTES THE DECISION AND ORDER

OF THE SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FIRST DEPARTMENT.

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